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Author Topic: Cityfibre Pick Boss for £20m Cambridge Full Fibre Broadband Rollout  (Read 513 times)


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Cityfibre and ISP partner Vodafone have recruited a former police communications director, Charles Kitchin, to oversee the £20m roll-out of their new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) ultrafast broadband network for homes and businesses in the UK city of Cambridge.

The network developer already has a 44km long metro Dark Fibre network in Cambridge, which is used to connect local businesses and public sector sites. But under the deal announced last year this will soon be extended across the city to cover around 60,000 premises (residents and small businesses) by the end of 2021.

Charles will become a local point of contact for all city stakeholders, including residents and a key advocate for the project. His previous tenure in the city has seen him working in key leadership positions, such as with NHS England, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and as director of public engagement and communication at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire (OPCCC).

    Charles Kitchin said:

    “I’ve either studied, lived, or worked in the city for the last 40 years and I’m thrilled to be part of the driving force transforming Cambridge’s digital infrastructure. Currently only 6% of the UK has full fibre broadband, so it’s really exciting that almost everyone in Cambridge will be able to have access to and benefit from full fibre over the coming years.”

    Rob Hamlin, Cityfibre’s Commercial Director, said:

    “Charles’ commitment to Cambridge puts him in an ideal position to take our message forward. CityFibre has committed to invest at least £20 million in the infrastructure project which will extend its fibre network to around 60,000 homes and businesses in the city, bringing full fibre to many city residents for the very first time.

    Our ‘fibre to the premises’ programme is a game changer and nobody is better placed than Charles to drive home that message and help people to discover more about the impact this investment will have on the city’s digital future.”
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